Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 daily.

  Gov: Significant decline in the 7-day rolling average in NE Arkansas

In just hours, 20,000 Mississippians sign up for coronavirus vaccine

  ‘I’m seeing it daily’: Walnut Ridge doctor responds to hesitancy surrounding COVID vaccine

  Jonesboro pharmacies can’t begin Phase 1-B; no vaccines delivered

  Annual Jonesboro MLK parade faces some problems because of pandemic

  ESPAÑOL: El secretario de salud se vacunó y dice que es la manera más segura de ayudar a generar protección

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  Arkansas begins offering COVID-19 vaccine to some in phase 1B

  Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson, health secretary receive COVID-19 vaccine

State sees drop in total active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations with new week ahead

  Nearly 8,400 total COVID-19 deaths reported in Tennessee

  Teacher previously wary about vaccine now encourages others to take it

Jonesboro Red Cross donation center to close Feb. 1

Total COVID-19 cases increase, while hospitalizations drop in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas reported over 270,000 total COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, with state health officials saying hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators also dropped.

  Walnut Ridge boys basketball grateful to be playing; coach discusses COVID concerns

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats, like every team in the state, are trying to balance competing on the court and staying healthy off of it.

  LDH confirms first case of COVID-19 variant in Louisiana

According to Governor John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed a case of the COVID-19 variant in Louisiana.

“Be The Hero” blood drive collects 238 pints of blood

A three-day blood drive that wrapped up Friday will help over 700 hospital patients with much needed blood transfusions, an American Red Cross official said Saturday.

Arkansas governor to get coronavirus vaccine next week

Scholarship to honor Sydney Sutherland at ASU-Newport

  Hundreds of area educators receive COVID-19 vaccine

Hospitalizations, total COVID-19 cases increase in Arkansas

  Check map of COVID-19 vaccine providers in Mo.

‘I was knocking on death’s door’: Fire chief home after 45-day fight against COVID-19

  Nurse loses job after admitting of entering US Capitol building during riot

Lori Vinson says she was fired from Ascension St. Vincent last Friday as result of her actions of entering the U.S. Capitol building last week in Washington, D.C.

  COVID survivor warns of virus dangers

Jonesboro E-911 director Jeff Presley was back at work Thursday after battling COVID-19.

  Pharmacists tasked with giving COVID-19 vaccines in effort to speed vaccinations

A new federal program is allowing pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

Community COVID-19 cases place over 200 school districts in ‘red zone’

There has been an increase in the number of school districts in which community COVID-19 cases have gone up, according to a statewide health group.

Active cases, hospitalizations drop as COVID-19 numbers released

The number of active COVID-19 cases around Arkansas fell by over 350 Thursday, as state officials say case numbers have also fallen in the past week.

  Tennessee reports nearly 5K new COVID-19 cases, 84 more deaths

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 548 new coronavirus cases and 31 deaths across the county. The health department said the deaths range between December 2, 2020, and January 11, 2021.

  Cancer patient’s wallet stolen with $5,000 chemo payment inside

Jessetta Whitfield's wallet has been recovered and a man charged with stealing it, but the money is gone.

SIU research team reports discovery of new, dominant COVID-19 variant in U.S.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale announced a research team at the university has discovered a new variant of the COVID-19 virus that is “specific to and dominant in the United States.”

  Doctor discusses COVID vaccine and pregnancy risks

Arkansas steadily approaches COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1-B which allows more people to get the vaccine, but should pregnant women partake?

  Pharmacy prepares for vaccine Phase 1B

With Phase 1-B of COVID-19 vaccinations beginning in Arkansas on Monday, Region 8 News reached out to a local pharmacy to see how they’re preparing for the big day.

Total cases, hospitalizations increase as active COVID-19 cases drop

The number of total cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continues to go up in Arkansas, as state officials say the state saw a drop in total active cases.

  Online enrollment increasing at Three Rivers College

More students are choosing to learn online now due to the pandemic according to Three Rivers College President, Wesley Payne.

  TDH: More than 3,000 Tennesseans currently hospitalized due to COVID-19

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 479 new coronavirus cases and 16 new deaths across the county.

  ESPAÑOL: El Dr. Gómez destaca la importancia de la vacuna

Hay tanta desinformación sobre COVID-19 y la vacuna disponible para combatir el virus, por eso Region 8 News tomó la iniciativa para combatir esos mitos.

  Craighead Co. woman pushes for convalescent plasma donations

Nash tested positive for COVID-19 in October and even had to spend 9 days in the emergency room. Now, she credits convalescent plasma as one of the reasons she was able to recover.

  Mississippi Co. pharmacies administer COVID-19 vaccine

Three Mississippi County pharmacies have teamed up to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Osceola.

  The Arkansas Pet Savers (TAPS) saw a record number of rescues in 2020

The Arkansas Pet Savers, or TAPS, saw a record number of rescues in 2020. Volunteers say they think it is linked with the pandemic.

  146 additional virus-related deaths reported in Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 508 new coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths across the county.

  ADH: 9 cumulative flu-related deaths reported so far this season

ADH reports on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1,150 positive influenza tests and 9 cumulative flu deaths reported since the flu season began Sept. 27.

  Gov: Teachers moved up to get Covid-19 vaccine sooner

The reasoning for moving up some candidates for vaccination is some hospital workers chose not to get vaccinated, so the shots will be made available to those who do want them.

  Airport manager discusses progress since 2020 tornado

George Jackson, airport manager, was the guest speaker at the meeting.

Hospitalizations rise in Arkansas, new cases start to slow

The Arkansas Department of Health reports 1,268 new cases no counties from Region 8 were listed in the list for top counties.

  Less than 3% of Ark. population has received COVID-19 vaccine

Weeks after many health care providers have received the first doses of the vaccine, Arkansas is still in phase 1-A of administering the shot. According to the ADH, over 84,000 Arkansans have received the COVID vaccine, which is under three percent of the state’s population.

First day of new legislation session

The 93rd General Assembly met for the first time Monday at the state capitol in Little Rock.

  School superintendent: Random kindness can help in troubled times, kids will have snow days

One NEA superintendent took to Facebook Sunday to speak on how spreading kindness can leave an impact on people's lives. The superintendent called on people to be kind to one another and not let differences get in the way.

Hospitalizations, active COVID-19 cases see drop as state starts new week

The state of Arkansas saw decreases in hospitalizations and total active cases Sunday as state officials said nearly 70% of all COVID-19 cases in the state were among people ages 18-64.

  Theater offers virtual field trips during pandemic

We all remember the fun of going on a school field trip as a kid. The pandemic has made field trips more difficult for schools but not impossible at the Forum Theatre.

  TDH: Active cases top 80.8K in Tennessee with 7,419 new cases reported

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 7,419 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 81 additional deaths.

Hospitalizations continue increase as state reaches 250,000 total COVID-19 cases

The state of Arkansas saw hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators increases Saturday as state health officials said there have been over 250,000 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Report: Searcy ranked 2nd in fastest increase for COVID-19 cases

A White County town was ranked second on a list this week, showing where COVID-19 cases have increased the fastest, according to content partner KATV.

  Elvis fans celebrate the King of Rock’n’Roll’s 86th birthday

Graceland invited fans to celebrate what would have been the King of Rock’n’Roll’s 86th birthday.

  TDH: over 5,800 new COVID-19 cases, 86 deaths in Tennessee

Shelby County reports more than 500 COVID-19 cases

Pandemic overshadows agenda as Arkansas lawmakers meet

The session is set to begin on Monday.

Arkansas governor says he wants Trump administration to end

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants President Donald Trump’s administration to end, but the Republican isn’t joining calls for Trump’s resignation or impeachment.

  Medical marijuana dispensary opens

The Hardy City Council voted in late December to annex land where Spring River Dispensary is being built.

Program to help patients receive hospital care at home, officials say

A new program will help patients with key appropriate healthcare in their homes during a key time, officials said Friday.

Hospitalizations hit over 1,300 as Arkansas reports increases in COVID-19 cases

Hospitalizations reached over 1,300 Friday as the state of Arkansas reported nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases.

  Walnut Ridge pharmacy already seeing demand for COVID vaccine recently shipped

Rogers Pharmacy received over 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week, something owner Bryian Rogers says has been a long time coming.

  Jonesboro hospitals exceed 800+ antibody infusions in the fight against COVID-19

St. Bernards Medical Center and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital both are combating coronavirus by offering monoclonal antibody infusions.

  NEA Clinic educates Osceola first responders on COVID-19 vaccine

NEA Clinic in Osceola met with first responders Thursday to educate them on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hospitalizations, total cases, active cases go up in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas saw increases in hospitalizations, total cases and total active cases Thursday as state officials say new cases were down, compared to Wednesday’s numbers.

Community COVID-19 cases near school districts see slight increase

There has been a slight increase in the number of known COVID-19 infections per 10,000 school district residents in the past two weeks, with 179 districts in the state that are a part of a so-called “Red Zone”, a state health group said Thursday.

  Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center starts vaccinating veterans against COVID-19

Forty veterans were scheduled to get the shot during the first day of the vaccine clinic.

  Spike in COVID-19 cases leads to Northeast Arkansas buying mobile morgue

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in northeast Arkansas and deaths rising in the state, the NEA Healthcare Coalition bought a mobile morgue trailer in case hospitals or Morgues become overwhelmed.

EMS workers preparing for COVID-19 spike

EMS and front line workers across the state are preparing for a spike in COVID-19 cases after the holidays.

  COVID-19 pushes new Pocahontas school opening back to August 2021

Elementary School students at Pocahontas were scheduled to move into a new building in August 2020, but now, they’re having to wait until the next school year to move.

  Superintendent: First two days back at school ‘better than expected’

Superintendent Jerry Martens says he was initially concerned about returning from the break with the number of COVID-19 cases rising in the state.

  Teachers, students excited to be back in school

Several schools have started back in Region 8, but how are they handling the expected uptick in COVID-19 cases after the holiday break?

  Vaccine update in Jonesboro, staff discuss their personal COVID-19 experience

Both Jonesboro hospitals have been busy giving out the coronavirus vaccine, and it’s almost time for the second round for many employees.

  Gov. Hutchinson briefs the state on vaccine distribution

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Jose R. Romero gave an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

Nearly 100K COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Mo.

Nearly 100,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered, so far, in Missouri.

John J. Pershing VA Medical Center begins COVID-19 vaccinations for veterans

The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center said it has started calling veterans and offering appointments to receive the vaccine.

ADH: 51 more deaths reported, 18 more people on ventilators

ADH reported 51 more deaths Monday and the number of hospitalizations and people on ventilators also increased.

  Student, longtime teacher share thoughts on returning to school amid COVID-19 concerns

Harper said while there is concern about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases after the holidays, she’s confident in her classmates and the faculty to make the right decisions.

  UK prime minister orders new virus lockdown for England

UK prime minister said people must stay at home again, as they were ordered to do so in the first wave of the pandemic in March.

  Lowering your weight can lower your COVID risk

Obesity is a precursor to other health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, an impaired immune system, chronic inflammation and blood that’s more likely to clot.

  Reclamation House still going strong during pandemic

The Reclamation House, a group living facility for women post-drug rehabilitation or incarceration, opened up in 2016. Even with the coronavirus pandemic, the house is still going strong.

Total active cases, hospitalizations increase as state releases new COVID-19 numbers

The state of Arkansas again saw increases in hospitalizations and total active cases with over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday.